Top 5 Things You Must Do in Southern Thailand

Thailand is a majestic and geographically diverse country that divides into four natural regions: the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and coastline of the Southern peninsula. Our four-week Thailand adventure was in the South, exploring the beach holiday hotspot of Phuket Island and the ecologically diverse Krabi province, famous for its dramatic scenery and endless natural attractions; with a final stop in Bangkok on the way home. In the Southwest provinces there are only two seasons: hot or wet. Phuket’s sunny season runs from November through April, and Krabi’s slightly shorter sunny season is from January through April (although

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Why You Must Visit French Polynesia

Picture perfect only begins to describe what awaits you in the French Polynesian islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Taha’a and Bora Bora. Rugged volcanic hillsides blanketed with lush tropical foliage juxtapose talcum white powder sand fringed by turquoise crystalline water. Like a song with perfect pitch, the landscape in French Polynesia touches the soul and releases a flurry of emotion. Here, there is no shame in spending hours daydreaming on the veranda of a thatched roof hut while gazing in wonder at nature’s creation. During our ten days on these fairy tale islands we experienced some of French Polynesia’s greatest gifts. Warm and Wonderful Tahitians. Like the sun’s rays the people of Tahiti are warm and welcoming. Smiles here are

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Christmas in Paris

My childhood memories of Christmas are as foolishly sentimental as any Hallmark holiday classic.  I loved everything about this time of year, from the school concerts, homemade baking and holiday crafts to the predictable Canadian Tire commercials and fabulous Woodward’s window displays. Christmas Eve seemed never-ending to me, as I would awaken each hour until 5:30 am when I felt it was reasonable to wake the rest of my family. While my excitement for the season has faded over the years, I still yearn for the togetherness and childlike spirit that emerges during the holidays.  With my family spread out across the country, I decided that a trip to Paris might be just what I needed to rekindle the joy

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Belize Babymoon

In the midst of all the doctor appointments, purchases and planning involved with welcoming our first child into the world, my husband and I set aside some time for our last pre-parenthood holiday.  Given that I was six months pregnant, travel time, comfort, safety and access to modern medicine were as important to us as sunshine, pampering and relaxation.  Belize, the Central-American country famous for its phenomenal diving, Mayan ruins and incredible selection of eco-activities, might have seemed an unlikely choice for a Babymoon, but its great beauty, diverse landscape, warm people and five-star amenities won us over in an instant.  Wanting variety, we spent our time exploring four unique areas, but for a more leisurely trip limit yourself to

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Dining with Hippos, Dancing with Warriors on the Masai Mara

The air in the one-propeller, nine passenger Cessna was a buzz with anticipation. For many, including my husband Curt and I, a Kenyan safari was fulfilling a life-long dream. As our tiny plane climbed in altitude and the views below changed from chaotic city to sprawling grasslands, I slowly relaxed my white-knuckled grip and surrendered to the extraordinary adventure we were embarking on. For the rest of that seemingly endless one-hour flight we craned our necks and pressed our cheeks against peephole windows in hopes of spotting Africa’s famous five. The welcoming committee on the dirt runway where we landed included Benedict, our Game Ranger, Mosaba the manager of “&Beyond Bateleur Camp” where we were staying, and herds of zebra,

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